I think

December 29, 2006

I am no better
or worse
than others.

I do not pretend
special powers
or treasures
to inform you.

I can only tell you
what I think,

not what to think.

living large

December 28, 2006

when we live large
we teach
materialism

as a goal

more important than

compassion
rationality
community
and grace

 

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O’s crib
$50 million
23,000 sq ft
14 bathrooms
2 butts

be like any jerk XIV

December 27, 2006

we are told it is best
to live like kings
and truckling queens
atop this heap of humanity

(if not for the heap –
there would be no king)

 

concrete god

December 26, 2006

Is God not concrete
enough for you?

Do you need more
than knowing?

Do you need
tricks and promises?
experts and channellers?
pomp and ceremony?

the fear of hell?

 

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there is no place
quite like the other

each valley
each plain
each mountain
each plateau

each
with its own
land forms
life forms
weather
and light

encased in a shared
halo of air

 

we are binding this earth in asphalt.

binding
and branding
we block the night sky
with our signs.

from
above
we look
like fire

 

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Photo by Mike Wells – Uganda (1980)

If you want to love Jesus

December 22, 2006

He looks like this:

street beggar.jpgstreetgirl.jpghomeless.jpgstarvingbaby150.jpg

Not this:

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beggars wear the rags
holy men wear fine robes –
money well spent

 

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winter’s first snowfall
beautiful yet dangerous
in the mountains

 

 

picture credit